Interview: Pam Grier Talks Afrocentric Movie App Brown Sugar & Remarkable Legacy

Movies & TV

Bounce TV’s latest venture is introducing an entire generation to an abundant gem of films that helped defined the blaxploitation genre.

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Launched on Thursday (Nov. 18), the streaming service app Brown Sugar features films like The Mack, Foxy Brown, Shaft, Super Fly, Dolemite, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Cleopatra Jones, Mandingo, Willie Dynamite, Which Way is Up?, Car Wash and more, unedited and commercial-free. The brand’s official ambassadors and royals of the genre Pam Grier and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson were joined by fellow ambassador and stan of the genre, Rick Ross in a hilarious and groovy commercial.

“You can see the influence of these movies in every aspect of rap and hip-hop; in the music, the lyrics, the fashion and overall style,” Ross said in a statement. “The Blaxploitation genre is where it all began.”

Grier echoed the statement as she gushed to VIBE about the films that helped transform her into Hollywood’s first female action star. “With every film, it’s a historical lesson in pop culture, politics and gender issues, which are very relevant today,” she said. “If you look at the films, women are demanding equality, not only in time but in terms of sexuality but their art. You can see where women were then and where they are today.” Starring in iconic films like Coffy and Foxy Brown, the legendary actress is happy to pass on the music and films that haven’t been streamed on mega services like Netflix.

During our chat, Grier shared her thoughts on what Brown Sugar is truly made of, her long-lasting career and how she’s become a muse to acts like Snoop Dogg and Frank Ocean.

Check out the interview in the gallery above.

You can also kick off your free trial of Brown Sugar, available online on tablets and mobile phones here.

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